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Redemption Song by Bob Marley performed by Far I with new additions

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Redemption Song by Bob Marley performed by Far I with new additions

This song I decided to cover on the guitar live.  I have performed it at several shows with great reviews.  Live performances have been a way that I test my music out.  When playing live it is as though I tap into other peoples consciousness and we are all sitting at some mystical meeting place.  I can feel the collective likes and dislikes and many times new ideas, call and responses, slight adjustments come up when I present my music to the world.

One day I was had my guitar out on a sunny day on Lakeshore a popular street in Oakland with a Trader Joes’ Grocery store, Pete’s Coffee, Starbucks etc.  you know a real happening place and a young man ask me to play redemption songs.  I played, he stayed and listened and he really enjoyed it.

Growing up Catholic in the 70’s the doom and gloom of “The End Of The World” always had me questioning how history would turn out for mankind.  My 11 year old asks me “Baba when the end of the world comes do you think it is going to blink out or will it happen slowly with much suffering”.  She is getting geared up for 2012.  One of her teachers really believes in it and has the children questioning.  Well 1999 was the big question year looming in my distant future when I was growing up.  As the time grew closer Y2K began being promoted.  All the global computers will shut down.  This was an added pressure to the end of the world that Prince sung about – 2000 party over oops out of time.

In the early 90’s there was a minister who was mentoring me.  He was real busy with plenty of demands and one day out of some chance of fate there he was and there I was.  He was waiting for something and I was waiting.  So I asked him the question burning in my soul.  Is the world going to end in the year 2,000.  His response was very clear and effective.  Well whether it does or doesn’t you should plans for the future.  Your duty is to set your goals and live your life.  Respond to life with your best effort.  Put all your focus there and plan as if you will be here and the rest of humanity will be here after the year 2,000.

In Bob Marley’s redemption song which he performed on guitar during his battle with cancer which ended up being his last days on planet earth also which he predicted that he would die at the age of 36 when he was a young man.  Point being that he says “Have No Fear For Atomic Energy No Of Them Can Stop The Time.”  This small phrase soothed my soul and guided me through moments of doubt about planet earth and human existence.  In the 1980’s with the cold war against Russia it seemed every moment we were just one push of a button away from Global Extinction and Nuclear War.

Doom and Gloom seem to work great with Capitalism.  Earthquake is coming – buy your earthquake kit for 19.99 available at all Walmart’s located in earth quake zones. For as long as they are selling.  Also you can purchase Earthquake insurance.  It is pretty expensive when your want to protect your family from natural disasters so “Brace Yourself”  2012 – the end of the world Now Playing in a theater near you.  If the end of the world is near you should come see the movie so you and your family can get some survival ideas.  Ah now I get it I see why Bob Marley named his last album Survivors and also wrote a song about it.  He is like come on humans make some plans.  Don’t believe the hype.  We will get through this and believe it or not you are a big part of the global change so “don’t bury your thoughts put your dreams to reality – All a together NOW – Wake up and LIVE”

I read some where that a minister in the late 1800’s preached the end of the world was going to happen on a specific day and time.  He preached for years that God told him through the bible and personal revelation’s that on this day in the year 18.. The world is going to end.  So on that day he had all of his friends, family and follower in an open field waiting for the end of the world.  Well guess what nothing happened.  I tell this story to my 11 year old and the running joke is the kids were getting hungry on that day in the late 1800’s and started needling their parents.  Mom, Dad, Uncle Joe while we are waiting for the end of the world can we have a bite to eat or something to drink at least.

Music is really powerful.  Thoughts and words are very powerful.  So when I sing a cover if I don’t like the mental concept behind the words I will adjust them to affirm what I want to happen in my life and the life of others.

Old Pirates yes the rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hands were made strong
By the hands of the almighty
We forward in this Generation Triumphantly

Won’t you help me sing songs of Freedom
It’s all I ever had
Redemption Songs

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for negativity
None of them can stop the time

I am so grateful
Human Beings can finally see that it’s time to unite
Let’s move forward together as one people
With all of our strength, with all of our might

Won’t you help me sing songs of Freedom
It’s all I ever had
Redemption Songs

Note: Hey humans – makes some plans – think positive!

Written by farishields

March 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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  1. Beautifully done Far I, it’s good to hear from you again and see you, Peace and music, Clara B.

    Clara Bellino

    March 13, 2011 at 5:19 am

    • Thank you Clara. I pray that you are enjoying all that you can. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Let me know where I can hear or view your music.

      Peace and Music right back at cha!


      March 13, 2011 at 6:44 am

      • Hi Far I, I am enjoying all that I can! You can hear my music on my site clarabellino.com, or my facebook page. Am working on a new CD, had an inspiring arranging session with producers I’m working with today. Want to do that every day! Hope to see you soon, Cheers, C

        Clara Bellino

        March 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

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